News From Terre Haute, Indiana

August 10, 2008

Softball Scene: Mixed results for local teams at state tournaments

By John Benton

The results from the Amateur Softball Association’s men’s slowpitch Class C and D state tournaments are in, and the results for local teams were mixed.

Two local squads, Clabber Girl in the MSP Class C tourney, and 180 Energy Drink in the MSP Class D tourney, finished well, but the results for other local teams were disappointing.

Most noteworthy was the Clabber Girl effort at Kokomo, where the squad managed to win the state crown with a 5-1 mark. In doing so, Clabber Girl recorded wins over Voodoo 16-8, Miller’s Mining 17-2, Werner-Truesdale 9-5, Prime Time 12-8 and Evansville Hooters 19-11. Its only loss was to the Evansville Hooters by a 13-9 count.

Leading the way offensively was Brad Pierce with a 16-for-23 performance, 8 for 8 in the final two games. Also making outstanding offensive contributions were Clay Huffman, Jason Payton, Rick Robins and Gary Potter.

Outkast also participated in the tournament but was hampered by the loss of several key team members. Finishing with an 0-2 mark, the Outkast team played without two starting outfielders and its designated hitter, all of whom had previous commitments.

Before closing this discussion of the MSP Class C tourney, I might note that any rumors of my ejection from the state title contest are based entirely on fact. I was correctly told to leave the field after vociferously noting shortcomings of game officials. In short, I am guilty as charged.

In the MSP Class D north state tourney in Crawfordsville, the results were disappointing.

The Robinson/Foster Bad Boys recorded the only win for local team efforts while Crawl Works finished with an 0-2 tourney mark. Especially frustrating was the Crawl Works performance; the squad has recorded a number of impressive wins this season and must be sorely disappointed with the outcome.

The MSP Class D south state tournament in Evansville had a better outcome for one local team.

While the Garage Masters and Terre Haute Rx Shoppe/Shuee and Sons both suffered through 0-2 tourney performances, the 180 Energy Drink team earned third place with a 6-2 record.

Coming off a solid performance a week earlier in a Bedford invitational tournament, the 180 Energy Drink team continued its excellent play in the state tournament. The team from Sullivan and Greene counties earned wins over Brew Crew 7-5, Just Because 19-12, Evansville Extreme 16-12, Rideouts Razz 20-18, Evansville First Class Trucking 18-5 and Servants 13-3. Its only losses came at the hands of second-place finishers Brad’s Brass Flamingo by scores of 16-13 and 18-3.

Leading hitters for 180 Energy Drink were Greg Landry with an 18-for-33 performance; Jeremy Stone and Brian Barber, both 15 for 30; and Travis David’s 10-for-14 showing.

Congrats to all.

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Two local teams will be participating in the National Softball Association Class C state tournament that starts Friday evening at the Indy Sports Park facility. DeHart’s Rentals and Clabber Girl will both be seeking a tourney title in an extremely strong 27-team tourney field.

DeHart’s Rental is slated for a 7:20 game against the newly crowned ASA MSP Class B state champs, Brady’s/Easton, while the Clabber Girl team will play Rockwood Trucking, another ASA Class B tourney team, later Friday.

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Don’t forget the first-ever Widows & Orphans Softball Game at 6:30 p.m. today at Terre Haute South High School.

The police department, led by chief John Plasse, will battle the fire department and chief Jeff Fisher for “The Shield,” a traveling trophy created to commemorate this new event. There will be a home run derby after the game.

Admission is $5 per person, free for children 12 and under. Proceeds will be split evenly and deposited into new accounts created earlier this year by city councilman Neil Garrison.

Money can also be submitted by mailing tax-free donations to First Financial Bank at 1 First Financial Plaza. Either “Fallen Police Heroes Widows & Orphans Fund” or “Fallen Firefighter Heroes Widows & Orphans Fund” must be noted on the check.

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In a couple of quick closing notes:

Get well wishes to former Clean Air Service pitcher John Bright. John recently suffered some health setbacks and is recovering in the hospital.

Wayne Myers, who is recovering from heart surgery, will celebrate his 83rd birthday today.

The ASA state commissioner and Hall of Famer (ASA National Hall of Fame, Indiana ASA Hall of Fame, Terre Haute Fastpitch Hall of Fame) has made lasting contributions to the game of softball on the local, state and national level. Happy birthday Wayne.

John Benton can be reached at (812) 877-2566.